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Rising star McCammon lands prestigious sport award

 

By Adam McKendry

Cookstown netballer Claire McCammon is the latest recipient of the Rainbow Communications Sport Award in association with the Mary Peters' Trust.

The award is given out monthly to a young up-and-coming sports star from Northern Ireland and provides them with support to try and help them reach their potential.

Claire (19) is a member of Northern Ireland's Under-21 netball squad, who recently competed at the World Youth Championships in Botswana back in July.

The team lost to Barbados in the fourth round by just 12 points, and are now preparing for the European Open Championships in Wales which begins tomorrow.

McCammon has been playing the sport since she was seven, mainly due to the influence of her mother, a former player herself and coach of Claire's primary school team.

McCammon will be able to use the money she receives from the award to pay for equipment and training which she can use to further her fledgling career.

"This has been a really exciting few months for me as my career in netball develops," McCammon said.

"With this hugely generous award from Rainbow and the Mary Peters' Trust, I am really excited about the next stage and where it could take me."

Dame Mary Peters, whose trust founded the award, said she was delighted to see McCammon win the accolade.

"Netball continues to grow in popularity and influence girls of all ages and it is so exciting and encouraging to see the Northern Ireland team so well represented at these international competitions," Peters commented.

"I am delighted that the trust, together with Rainbow, can help Claire realise her dreams and pursue the highest echelons of success in the sport."

Stuart Carson, Sales and Marketing director of Rainbow Communications, added: "We are delighted that Rainbow can support Claire's exciting career in her chosen sport with some well-deserved funds."

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